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Garden Shell Salad

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling

Makes

8 servings

Fresh basil marries the flavors of this splendid salad from Kathy Glasgow. The Marysville, California reader lightly dresses the dish, making it ideal with almost any entree.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked small pasta shells
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2/3 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, adding the peas during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse in cold water.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the pasta, peas, celery, red pepper and onion. In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise, vinegar, basil, mustard, salt and pepper. Pour over pasta mixture; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 157 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 380mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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